International Mobility Program: International Free Trade Agreements

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Important: The LMIA exemption code associated with this work permit category has changed.

Please see Labour market impact assessment (LMIA) exemption codes – International Mobility Program for the correct codes

International Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) contain provisions to facilitate, on a reciprocal basis, temporary entry for business persons. Eligible persons entering under an FTA will generally require a work permit, but are exempt from a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

The Chile, Peru, Columbia and Korea FTAs on this page contain provisions similar to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which grant temporary entry to 4 categories of business persons: business visitors, professionals, intra-company transferees, and traders and investors. Differences are highlighted as they relate to NAFTA.

Note: As of July 1, 2020, NAFTA has been superseded by the Canada–United States–Mexico Agreement (CUSMA); however, the Temporary Entry for Business Persons chapter remains unchanged.

The Canada-European Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) also contains provisions which grant temporary entry to business visitors, professionals, intra-company transferees and investors. Entry requirements are significantly different for some categories.

The Agreement on Trade Continuity between Canada and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (CUKTCA) contains provisions that are the same as CETA. The same LMIA exemption codes are to be used. However, there is a special program code to identify whether CETA or CUKTCA is used for the work permit assessment.

Under the General Agreement on Trade in Services (GATS), professionals are authorized to enter under exemption codes T33 for professionals. GATS intra-company transferees are authorized to enter under C12.

Canada-International Free Trade Agreements – R204(a)

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